Steps to cleaning a foam mattress
The good news is that a foam mattress can definitely be cleaned. If you follow our instructions, then you should get great results. All you need are a few household items and about 1-2 hours of time. Then, just let your mattress dry thoroughly for 1-2 days.
- A vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment
- Laundry detergent
- Spray bottle
- White wine vinegar
- Hairdryer or fan
Step 1: Use a vacuum cleaner
First, you should vacuum the entire surface of your foam mattress with either a hand vacuum cleaner or your normal vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment. A lightweight cordless stick vacuum cleaner that is easy to lift also works well. This removes surface fluff, dust, and dirt, and prevents these from penetrating deeper into the mattress. It is easier to vacuum your mattress if you lay it on the floor next to the bed our outside on a flat surface (use a tarp to protect your mattress from more dirt).
Step 2: Cleaning solution one
Fill a spray bottle with half a cup of laundry detergent and a cup of water. Shake well so that the detergent mixes properly with the water.
Take your mattress outside and lay it on a tarp. Spray the solution on the entire mattress, including the sides and bottom. Let it soak for 30 to 45 minutes and rinse the mattress thoroughly using a hosepipe.
Step 3: Cleaning solution two
Next, fill the spray bottle with 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar and 3/4 cup of water. Shake the solution well and then spray on the entire foam mattress. Again, rinse with a hosepipe. Once clean, gently press on the mattress to remove excess water. Take care not to twist or fold the mattress as this can cause permanent damage.
Step 4: Let the mattress dry
You can use a fan or a hairdryer every few hours to help speed up the drying process. Otherwise, allow the mattress to air-dry outdoors on a warm day or indoors in a well-ventilated room. It can take up to two days for the foam to dry completely.
It may be a good idea to ask someone to help you clean your foam mattress. Foam mattresses easily absorb water and can become quite heavy. An extra set of hands can definitely be helpful.
Eliminate stubborn stains
For stubborn stains, you may need to clean your mattress with ammonia. However, several precautions must be taken as ammonia can be toxic.
If you use ammonia, you must do so in a very well-ventilated room. To protect yourself, it is also necessary to wear gloves, protective glasses, and a mask.
Dilute 5 to 10 cL of ammonia in 1 litre of hot water. Use a sponge to rub stubborn stains with the mixture. Once all the stains have been removed, clean your mattress with dishwashing liquid or detergent as per our previous instructions. Rinse and air dry as above.
Rub encrusted stains with this liquid. Once all the stains have been treated, clean your mattress with washing-up liquid or with our mixture of washing-up liquid and detergent.
Remove coffee stains
Coffee can severely stain your mattress and you have to act swiftly if you've accidentally spilled coffee. We would recommend using coarse salt or grains of rice. These will quickly absorb the moisture and coffee from the mattress. Do not wet your mattress before applying. You only need to place the products on the stain, wait for them to absorb the coffee, and then vacuum them off.
Remove bad odours
Do not spray perfume on your mattress to remove bad smells. We would recommend that you use baking soda.
Put a little baking soda on the surface of your mattress and let it sit for about 5 hours. Then, remove it using a clean brush and vacuum cleaner. You can also use essential oils when cleaning your mattress.
There are many best practices when it comes to cleaning your mattress.
Remember to never pour water directly on your mattress. Always use a sponge, towel, or washcloth that is wet but wrong out. It is important that your mattress doesn't soak up water.
We also recommend that you clean the entire surface of your mattress. If you only clean a part of it, you risk creating halos. Of course, you can always focus on a stubborn stain and then wash your entire mattress afterwards.